August 18, 2009
Brandon Biebelle grimaces hard and almost bites his tongue as he holds on for the full 8-second ride. Marana’s Joe Parsons, a veteran of the pro rodeo circuit who qualified for five National Finals Rodeos, turned in a banner rodeo performance. At the conclusion of the two days of action he was crowned the all-around cowboy for winning a rodeo-high $1,935.81 in prize money.
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As a first time rodeo-goer, I expected to see rough and tumble men spitting tobacco, decked out in 10-gallon hats, leather chaps and 10-o’clock shadows.